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Forget me not flowersAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
AAP is an organization of more than 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

AAP Recommendations for a Safe Sleeping Environment Policy Statement [PDF - 290KB]
From the AAP SIDS Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations for a Safe Sleeping Environment Technical Report [PDF – 827 KB]
From the AAP Task Force on SIDS.
The official parenting website of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)
ABMDI is a voluntary national, not-for profit, independent professional certification board that has been established to promote the highest standards of practice for medicolegal death investigators.

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)
AMCHP is a national resource, partner, and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth, and families, including those with special health care needs.

Centering Corporation
The Centering Corporation provides grief literature and resources for individuals and families.

CJ Foundation for SIDS 
The mission of the CJ Foundation for SIDS is to eliminate the tragedy of sudden unexpected infant deaths and early childhood deaths, support grieving families, advance medical research, further parent and professional education, and advocate for the health and survival of all children.

The Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to those experiencing the death of family member, and helps others better assist the grieving family.

Cribs for Kids
Cribs for Kids is a safe-sleep education program to help reduce the risk of injury and death of infants due to unsafe sleep environments.

First Candle 
First Candle is a national nonprofit health organization uniting parents, caregivers, and researchers nationwide with government, business, and community service groups to advance infant health and survival.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau
The HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau improves the health of women, infants, and children.

The International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IACME)
IACME is committed to advancing the accurate determination of the cause and the manner of death through science, medicine, and the law.

ME/C Family Support Brochure for Sudden Pediatric Deaths [PDF - 1.2 MB]
Resource provided by the Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Program to help medical examiners and coroners during the investigation of all sudden pediatric deaths. The brochure is intended to be provided by the investigator to families during the scene investigation and can be used for all manners of sudden pediatric deaths.

National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) 
NAME is the national professional organization of physician medical examiners, medical death investigators, and death investigation system administrators who perform the official duties of the medicolegal investigation of deaths of public interest in the United States. NAME has endorsed CDC’s Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation training academies and curriculum.

National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC)
NCCC provides national leadership and contributes to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competency within systems and organizations.

National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Death (NCRPCD)
NCRPCD is a resource center for state and local CDR programs, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. It promotes, supports, and enhances child death review methods and activities at the state, community, and national levels.

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, commonwealths, and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance, and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. Several states have laws related to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death laws that can be found here.

National Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program (NFIMR)
NFIMR is a collaborative effort between the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The NFIMR resource center can provide technical assistance in many aspects of developing and carrying out a FIMR program.

The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
Chartered in 1940, NSA is a professional association dedicated to serving the Office of Sheriff and its affiliates through education, training, and information resources. NSA endorsed CDC’s Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation training academies and curriculum. 

Safe Kids USA
Safe Kids USA is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children.

Safe to Sleep Public Education Campaign
The Safe to Sleep campaign aims to educate parents, caregivers, and health care providers about ways to reduce the risk for SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Safe to Sleep is an expansion of the original Back to Sleep campaign, which started in 1994 and was named for its recommendation to place healthy babies on their backs to sleep. The expanded Safe to Sleep campaign builds on the success and reach of Back to Sleep. In addition to strategies for reducing the risk of SIDS, Safe to Sleep also describes actions that parents and caregivers can take to reduce the risk of other sleep-related causes of infant death, such as suffocation.

Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support, Inc.
Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc., provides support towards resolution of grief following the death of a baby, as well as information, education, and resources on the needs and rights of bereaved parents and siblings.

Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood (SUDC) Program
The SUDC Program was created to be an international centralized resource for those affected by a sudden unexpected death in childhood, whose cause is left undetermined, unclear, or unexplained. It is the only organization worldwide devoted solely to the needs of families and professionals touched by unexplained death in childhood.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission Crib Information Center
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.